March Road Sanitary and Watermain Upgrades 

This March, construction began to install a new watermain on March Road between Maxwell Bridge Road and Maxwell Road. This includes the installation of a new sanitary sewer on Shirley’s Brook Drive from Sandhill Road to March Road, and on March Road from Shirley’s Brook Drive to Maxwell Road. This work is necessary to provide sanitary and water services to the Kanata North Urban Expansion Area.  

On March 29Taggart Construction began construction of the sanitary sewer in the southbound shoulder (west side lanes) of March Road north of Maxwell Bridge Road and Halton Terrace. This work will take place over the next several weeks and is limited to several locations on Shirley’s Brook Drive and at future intersections on existing rural portions of March Road. 

The bulk of the work has begunThis will involve open cut trenching occurring in multiple locations and work will continue into early 2022. Final reinstatement of roadways and landscaping to pre-construction conditions are scheduled for spring 2022.  

Traffic Impacts 

During construction, Taggart Construction will be permitted to close some travel lanes while maintaining access for pedestrians and cyclists through the construction zone. Most work will be completed with lane reductions on March Road and Shirley’s Brook Drive. Some localized work will require partial road closures or access restrictions. A notice to any affected residents will be provide prior to any road closures or access restriction.   

Traffic control plans, for the next phase of construction, between mid-April to June 2021, will involve the closure of one southbound lane and one southbound bike lane on March Road. If the traffic volumes return to pre-COVID levels and additional open lanes are required, the contingency plan would be to provide two south bound lanes during the morning peak period (1 vehicle lane, 1 shared lane – vehicle/bike). During off-peak hours, including the evening peak, one southbound lane and one southbound bike lane would be provided. 

The west leg of Klondike Road and the March Road intersection will also be closed for one weekend. This closure will significantly reduce the overall impact to the community and local businesses by increasing the speed at which the work can be completed. The shopping plaza at March Road and Klondike Road would still have direct access for southbound traffic on March Road. Project specific signage would be put in place for northbound traffic directing residents to the appropriate detour for access. Please see details of the detour below:  

Blasting 

There is a large amount of rock removal required to accommodate the installation of the sanitary sewer. Blasting operations will be carried out on March Road north of Halton Terrace and Maxwell Bridge Road. The contractor is responsible for completing all work in accordance with Provincial regulations and will be implementing all appropriate safety measures to ensure there is no risk to the public. Vibration monitoring will be completed for the duration of the work. The residents adjacent to the impacted area will be notified directly by the contractor.  

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Eric Suprenant, C.E.T., the City Project Manager at Eric.Surprenant@ottawa.ca or myself. I will provide updates as they become available.